Lecture: “Islamist Movements across the Globe: Re-Examining Vocabularies in the Public Sphere,” Ahmed Rashid and Prof. Ebrahim E.I. Moosa, March 15

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 • 6:00-7:30 PM

Islamist Movements across the Globe:
Re-Examining Vocabularies in the Public Sphere

Gleacher Center
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

This event is free and open to the public. Register below.

Parking nearby:
  • Equitable Building Parking
    401 N. Michigan Ave. @ Lower Level
  • 201 East Illinois
    Northeast Corner of Cityfront Plaza Dr. and Illinois
  • NBC Tower Parking
    455 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive

The World Beyond the Headlines series is a project of the University of Chicago Center for International Studies

Over the last decade, public discussion of Islam and Islamist movements has been framed largely by the vocabulary of US counter-terrorism strategies and US foreign policy goals often repeated by journalists who cover the Middle East and Central and South Asia. This vocabulary ignores the idiosyncrasies of local forms of government, political counter-narratives, and religious contexts, and in turn undermines the efforts of Western policymakers and journalists to write about and analyze political actors throughout the Islamic world.

In this The World Beyond the Headlines event, journalist Ahmed Rashid and professor Ebrahim Moosa will challenge the constraints imposed on contemporary public discourse. Following up on his critically acclaimed book, Descent into Chaos, journalist Ahmed Rashid will examine recent political developments in Afghanistan and Pakistan, while professor Ebrahim Moosa will explore the South Asian madrasa and consider how this important educational institution continues to shape the social and political future of the region.

Ahmed Rashid is a Pakistani journalist based in Lahore. He was the Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review, for 22 years until the magazine was recently closed down. He presently writes for the Daily Telegraph, London, the International Herald Tribune, the New York Review of Books, BBC Online, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, and academic and foreign affairs journals. He appears regularly on international TV and radio such as CNN and BBC World Service. He is the author of three books, including the best sellers Taliban and most recentlyJihad.

Ebrahim E.I. Moosa is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religion at Duke University. His interests span both classical and modern Islamic thought with a special focus on Islamic law, history, ethics and theology. Professor Moosa is the author of Ghazali and the Poetics of Imagination, winner of the American Academy of Religion’s Best First Book in the History of Religions and editor of the last manuscript of the late Professor Fazlur Rahman, Revival and Reform in Islam: A Study of Islamic Fundamentalism. He was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2005 to pursue research on the madrasas, Islamic seminaries of South Asia.

Part of The World Beyond the Headlines series. Cosponsored by the South Asia Language and Area Center, the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies.

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